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Crown, Stony Stratford

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Only had Doom Bar on, had a pint anyway but did not linger for too long.
alehippy - 18 Sep 2015 14:43
Unusual and interesting place - as you step in in looks like a typical old school 2 room pub but it's cavernous at the back and upstairs. Went to see a band as part of the 'Stony Live!' festival. Boon Doggle on draft - very nice; only even had it bottled before. My third pint was the last from the barrel and the barmaid only charged me half price for it. Nice touch. Enjoyed the place - quirky and fun.
keyser_soze - 8 Jun 2015 09:43
Smarter than other options in Stony and tucked away from the throbbing main drag of the High Street, this is a more comfortable option for families (ankle biters were much in evidence) than other pubs in the area and plates of food looked delicious indeed - I did not partake given that a curry was on our agenda later on. By the standards of Stony, a second division pub, but worth a look.
BoehmBawerk - 8 Apr 2013 07:52
An extensive pub in the middle of the market square, this is a strange mix of old and new and different styles of decor, but is nonetheless a pleasant enough place and seems to be a popular spot.

The main bar at the front is a traditional affair, but doesn’t have a particularly pubby a feel to it, although it’s difficult to pin down exactly why. There’s a rough wooden floor, and a real log burning fire which was a nice touch, along with some exposed stone walls. Elsewhere there was maroon paintwork on the walls, with wood panelling below, and there were candles on all the tables, so they were clearly trying to create a homely ambience. Seating was mostly tables and chairs, although there was a wooden bench type of seat in the window with old leather cushions on. A smaller bar on the left had a slightly more formal feel, and was empty on a recent Wednesday evening. An unusual glass counter next to the bar would have looked more at home in a deli.

Beyond this was a whole warren of rooms. The pub is quite Tardis like, and extends back far further than you would imagine. The decor here is a mix match of different styles. In some places there is fresh plaster painted in a pale beige colour, with plenty of accessories such as large pewter bowls, paintings and candlesticks like a trendy modern dining pub. Elsewhere was dark red painted brick work and an attractive old flagstone floor. On the ceiling there were painted boards in some places, and some curious drapes in others. Many of the walls were covered in old wooden slatted doors which was unusual. At the back it opened out in to an area that looked like an old pantry, complete with wine rack and a large plate rack. Next to this was a larger room with a vaulted ceiling, and some elaborate hanging candelabra. As I said, a real mix match of styles.

Services was friendly enough, if a little slow at times, although my food arrived alarmingly quickly. There was a decent looking menu with a reasonable choice for all courses. Dishes were mostly of the more traditional variety, with burgers, a Thai green curry and even fish fingers available. Prices were perhaps slightly ambitious though, with the mains ranging from £8 – £12 or so, and I felt that my Duck & Pepper Stir Fry was a little overpriced at £10.40. Much of the duck was fatty and gristly, and the portion size wasn’t exactly generous.

Beers on tap were Spitfire and Doom bar. The solitary cider was Scrumpy Jack.
Blackthorn - 23 Nov 2011 21:22
Went there for the mmusic festivsal with a Pink Floyd tribute band playing upstairs. Reasonable pint of Doombar. Didn't see much of the pub otherwise
lout_from_the_lane_ - 16 Jun 2009 15:54
First place of call in Stony for pub food... it 'is' very much 'gastro pub'... but they still pull a good pint there no matter what you say...if you're looking for 'oldie worldy' atmosphere, suggest you go to Vaults bar ( who incidentally are now doing good food themselves, without giving up their identity )..
pubgeezer - 25 Jan 2009 23:26
This pub is devoid of human attention, it has corporate written all over both the menu and the decor, hated it but the one thing I did enjoy was the wines so there was an upside to this mismatched over priced wannabe gastro bar
citygirl - 28 Oct 2008 21:33
Gone downhill recently. Went in for lunch to find it was freezing. Staff were off-hand but worse of all was £7 for a 'Cheese & Ham Plughman's' which had no ham. CHeese was also cheap cheddar.

It used to be great for lunch but won't be going back.
chopsy - 31 Jan 2008 12:55
Not quite what I was expecting from a pub before I walked in - much more a restaurant/art gallery than a pub in atmosphere. Some of the art on the walls was quite good... but I'm a musician so what do I know??

Staff and regulars were certainly suitably friendly. Shame about the beer though; bitter (Wadworth 6X) was decidedly suspect and the lager was nothing to write home about either.

The overall impression was of a "venue for more mature people" - the passing chavs carried on passing the window which is probably a recommendation in itself.

lipster - 17 Oct 2006 14:24
Pretty good place. Lots of room. Nice airy restaurant., good light even has a little semi-private courtyard if you can persuade them to put a table there. Good beer garden. Has all the elements really. Staff were fine, although could do with a couple more of them
Jacko_byte2 - 30 May 2006 14:18
Cracking pub, newly done up. Nice little beer garden, good food, well kept beer and ales
Matt Franklin - [email protected] - 13 Mar 2006 17:38
The Withnail and I reference is correct, but you'll find no evidence of it since the refurbishment. The tradition pub facade hides a minimalist wine-bar interior - it's interesting, if not particularly welcoming. Equally, Mine Host was not particularly friendly. The clientele were very much the golf club set, and I think he thought I was lowering the tone. But the menu looked attractive, if pricey for the area (£12-14 mains).
mr_snide - 24 Jul 2005 14:49
Recently used for my wedding reception. Excellent service, great food and very welcoming. Function room was very suitable for approx. 50 guests, many comments overheard on the high quality of the food. The courtyard accessible from the function room is a good idea. Additional bonus of a large carpark in Market Square (outside the front door). Good value for money and highly recommended.
stonybloke - 2 Jun 2005 18:22
Interestingly, if you care for that sort of thing, the Penrith scenes of Withnail and I were filmed here. This is the pub where Withnail and Marwood spend their wellington boot money before disappearing into the tea rooms opposite.
Agnes - 13 Oct 2004 16:15
Recently refurbished this establishment now provides excellent food. Most of the pub is non-smoking and there's an extremely comfortable lounge. They also have very nice and attractive function room upstairs.
Sue Malleson - 8 Mar 2004 21:56

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